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Transasia Bio Medicals launches rapid detection kits for dengue and malaria

Mumbai: Mumbai-based Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd. has introduced the ErbaQik range of rapids for Dengue and Malaria detection. The ErbaQik kits have been proven to have superior specificity (100%) and sensitivity (>92%) for all parameters of dengue and malaria, based on extensive evaluation stu...

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Healthcare network Temasek buys Rs 1k crore Manipal stake

MUMBAI: Singapore's Temasek Holding has agreed to acquire a Rs 1,000-crore stake in Manipal Hospitals in a deal that possibly turns the Bengaluru-based private healthcare network into an industry consolidator. Temasek's investment committee last week approved a transaction to buy existing...

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Fosun Pharma to buy 74 percent stake in Gland for USD1.09 billion

Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group has agreed to cut the size of the stake it would buy in Hyderabad-based injectable maker Gland Pharma to 74 per cent in a revised $1.09-billion (around Rs 6,900 cr) deal after its earlier proposal to acquire 86 per cent met approval roadblock.  In a st...

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Laurus Labs gets USFDA nod for Visakhapatnam unit

Hyderabad-based Laurus Labs Limited has received the Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) from US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for its formulations and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing plant, Unit 2 located in Visakhapatnam. The inspection was completed in May, 2017. ...

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Cadila Healthcare receives USFDA nod for two drugs

Drug firm Zydus Cadila on Friday said it has received approvals from the US health regulator for its Modafinil and Solifenacin Succinate tablets, and the drugs will be manufactured at Ahmedabad facility. The company has received final approval from the United States Food and Drug Administrati...

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Domestic stent makers gain on the back of price caps

NEW DELHI: Domestic stent makers are looking to capture a greater share of India’s coronary stent market on the back of an uptick in sales after the government slashed prices of the devices by over 80 per cent. While some multinational firms have claimed the move has made it unviable to sup...

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Digital dispensaries take affordable healthcare to remote locations

Like all good entrepreneurs, Dr Syed Sabahat Azim has an excellent idea and he knows how to sell it. While at it, the IAS officer-turned-entrepreneur also hopes to solve India’s primary healthcare problem. “We call it hospital in a box,” says Dr Azim, chief executive of Kolkata ...

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After GST jitters, pharma market back on growth track in August

After slipping into the negative in July, thanks to a temporary slowdown in drug sales caused by the transition to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Indian pharmaceutical market (IPM) was back on track in August, registering 2.4 per cent year-on-year (YoY) growth during the month.  D...

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MSD launches blockbuster cancer drug Keytruda in India

NEW DELHI: US biopharmaceutical giant Merck, Sharpe and Dohme (MSD) has launched its blockbuster cancer drug ‘Keytruda’ (pembrolizumab) in India around a year after it first received approvals to market it, said persons aware of the development. The drug has so far only been approved ...

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Patented drug launches help MNCs score over Indian peers

MUMBAI: At a time when the pharmaceuticals industry is facing the heat with price cuts and regulatory issues in the country, multinational companies are growing faster than their domestic peers due to better product mix, says a study.  While Indian companies still control almost 80% of t...

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Abbott to stop sales of bioresorbable stent Absorb, moves to withdraw it in India

NEW DELHI: Abbott Vascular moved an application on Friday to withdraw its bioresorbable coronary stent from India, drug pricing watchdog National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has confirmed. The move follows the US stent maker’s decision to stop global sales of its bioresorbable c...

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Biocon aspiring for USD1 billion revenues by FY 2019

NEW DELHI: Biocon is betting big on small molecules and generic formulations, biosimilars, branded formulations and research services as it targets $1 billion revenue by the next fiscal.  The Bengaluru-based firm, which has been chasing the target since 2011, has identified these vertica...

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Amrutanjan plans expansion of distribution network

Pain management firm Amrutanjan Healthcare, which has of late entered into the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) business, is planning an expansion of its direct distribution network in tune with its long-term growth plans. The 124-year old company is looking at augmenting its direct distribution...

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Cadila's Moraiya plant successfully completes USFDA inspection

Drug firm Cadila Healthcare on Thursday said the US health regulator has issued no observations after completion of inspection of its Moraiya plant in Gujarat. The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has inspected the company's Moraiya facility from August 31-September 7, 2...

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Biocon's Malaysian arm gets EU certification for insulin facility

Biopharmaceutical firm Biocon today said its Malaysian arm Biocon Sdn Bhd has received EU GMP compliance certificate from the Health Products Regulatory Authority of Ireland for its insulin manufacturing facility. "Biocon's subsidiary in Malaysia, Biocon Sdn Bhd, has been issued a ce...

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National policy to fight drug abuse on cards

NEW DELHI: The government is set to pass the country’s first national policy to fight drug addiction that proposes specialist doctors and facilities to treat addicts in all government hospitals and accreditation of de-addiction centres.  The final National Policy on Drug Demand Red...

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Merck KGaA may sell consumer health business

NEW DELHI: Merck KGaA is looking to sell its $1-billion global consumer health business, including that in India, in a move that the German drugmaker said will be an important step in executing its science and technology-focussed strategy.  The company is preparing for “strategic o...

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Hospitals liable to pay if consulting doctors involved in medical negligence

Shakila Banu, ever since she had a fall seven years ago, used to get back pain while sitting for more than three hours at a stretch. She was under the care of orthopaedic surgeon Dr K Chandran. Shakila was admitted to Padmini Nursing Home in Chennai on October 9, 2003 where Dr Chandran performed ...

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Roche Diagnostics India looks at 15 per cent IVD market share in 2 years

NEW DELHI: Roche Diagnostics India is aiming at 15 per cent share of the in-vitro diagnostics market in the next two years as part of its growth plans in the country.  Roche Diagnostics is part of Swiss healthcare major Roche. It sells devices and equipment to labs and hospitals and is m...

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GlaxoSmithKline sets up first team for acquisitions in 93 years

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals is scouting for acquisitions in the domestic market for the first time since it started its operations in the country 93 years ago.  The change in strategy comes at a time when the government’ increasing price control over branded generic medic...

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Hyderabad to witness 10th edition of analytica Anacon India and India Lab Expo

Hyderabad, Sept 2017: The 10th edition of analytica Anacon India and India Lab Expo, the International trade fairs for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and Diagnostics will be held in Hyderabad from September 21 to 23, 2017 at HITEX Exhibition Center in Hyderabad.  analytica An...

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Arrow Pharma acquires Australian operations of Amneal Pharma

NEW DELHI: Drug firm Strides Shasun today said its arm Arrow Pharmaceuticals has acquired Australian operations of Amneal Pharmaceuticals for a total consideration of AUD 17 million (over Rs 85 crore).  The acquisition would accelerate Arrow's market reach and will help in attaining ...

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Drug distributors push for cap on margins

Distributors present in the pharmaceutical policy meet, held in New Delhi on Wednesday, agreed to the government’s idea to cap trade margins to make drugs affordable. Suresh Ranka, a representative from the  All India Chemists and Distributors Federation, said that for branded drug...

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USFDA hikes fee for processing ANDA by USD 1 lakh for FY18

HYDERABAD: Citing high workload, the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has increased fee for processing Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) by over USD 1 lakh to USD 1.71 lakh for the fiscal year 2018. The hike was made under Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017 (GDUFA II). The ...

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The State of Pharmaceutical Industry in India, An Overview.

New Delhi: Indian pharmaceutical industry, with current market size of $27.57 billion (last reported in 2016) is expected to reach a mark of $55 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 15.92%, according to a report by the Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF). In the next three years, India is projected to ...

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Health ministry objects to pharma policy proposals

New Delhi: The health ministry has objected to a proposal that will end its role in selecting drugs to be brought under price control and cede control of regulator Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) to the department of pharmaceuticals under the fertilizer and chemicals ministry....

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Gilead to buy Kite Pharma for promising cancer therapies in USD12 bn deal

Gilead Sciences Inc agreed to buy Kite Pharma Inc in a $11.9 billion deal on Monday, as it looks to fuel growth with an emerging class of cancer immunotherapies that are expected to generate billions. Gilead will pay $180 per share in an all-cash deal, representing a 29.4 percent premium over...

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Apollo Hospitals aims to grow private label business in five years

Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd (AHEL) is looking at increasing the contribution of private labels to its pharmacy business. Private labels account for around 6.5 per cent of the pharmacy business at present and the company is envisaging to take this up to 20 per cent in five years, said a senior...

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NPPA threatens legal action against 40 hospitals for not displaying knee implant prices

NEW DELHI: Over a week after it capped the maximum prices of knee implants in the country, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has flagged 40 hospitals for not displaying the new prices on their websites.  The drug pricing watchdog has threatened action against these hos...

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Japanese drug maker Eisai to expand Vizag plant

Eisai Pharmaceuticals plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Visakhapatnam and set up an innovation centre to support its new drug development programmes. The Japanese drug maker sells cancer and central nervous disorder drugs in India. It has a manufacturing unit in Visakhapatnam (Vizag)...

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India's proposed pharma marketing rules hit legal roadblock

MUMBAI: India's plan to bring in marketing rules to curb unethical promotional practices in the country's drug industry faces an indefinite delay after it hit a legal roadblock, marking a setback for public health groups.  The country's law ministry has rejected draft marketi...

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Healthcare Global to set up 12 new hospitals in 18 months

NEW DELHI: Healthcare Global Enterprises (HCG), a Bengaluru-based chain of specialised cancer care centres, plans to set up a dozen new hospitals over the next 18 months, the publicly traded company’s chairman, BS Ajai Kumar, said.  HCG plans to expand its network of cancer care ce...

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India grants Pfizer patent for blockbuster brand Prevenar 13

NEW DELHI: India has granted US drug giant Pfizer a patent for its blockbuster Prevenar 13, a vaccine that helps prevent cases of pneumonia, one of the leading causes of deaths of children under five years of age. The approval comes more than a decade after the company applied for the patent in t...

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ICMR partners with IVI, invests Rs 3.20 crore for vaccine development in India

NEW DELHI: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has entered into an agreement to collaborate on vaccine research and development with international vaccine development organisation International Vaccine Institute (IVI). Through this partnership, India will commit $5,00,000 (Rs 3.20 crore...

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CallHealth to expand footprint by setting up health care lounges in IT parks

Hyderabad-based CallHealth Services Private Limited, which has built an online platform along with the essential front-end infrastructure to offer integrated health care services to people at their choice of location, is now planning to roll out 'Healthcare Lounges' across all Information...

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Aurobindo to widen portfolio in US, enter new European markets in 3 to 4 years

Aurobindo Pharma has said it would broaden product portfolio in the US while entering new markets in Europe as part of its growth strategy over the next 3-4 years. In the US, it plans to broaden portfolio through accelerated growth in injectable, OTC and higher complexity products, Aurobindo ...

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Centre plans to sell generic medicines at fuel stations

NEW DELHI: The government is working on opening 'Jan Aushadhi' (generic medicines) stores at petrol pumps belonging to state-run fuel retailers across the country with a view to make cheap drugs accessible to masses, Union oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Wednesday.  "...

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Cap prices of drugs & medical appliances also: Doctors body

NEW DELHI: After the government fixed a price range for knee implants, a national body of medics working to promote ethical healthcare has demanded that a cap should be put on the cost of drugs and other medical appliances also.  Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare (ADEH) has subm...

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After stents, knee implants get cheaper as govt caps price

After cardiac stents, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has capped the prices of orthopaedic knee implants.  The cobalt chromium knee implant, available at over Rs 1,58,000 at hospitals, will now be available for a ceiling price of Rs 54,720. At present, such implants ...

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China's Fosun, Shanghai Pharma bid for stake in US based drugmaker Arbor

A unit of China's Fosun Group and Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co are among bidders for a stake in U.S. specialty drugmaker Arbor Pharmaceuticals LLC, the companies said on Monday. The bids come as Chinese companies face tightening scrutiny on their overseas investments. Chinese regul...

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Government working on steps to bring down knee surgery costs: PM Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI: After the recent move to put a cap on the price of coronary stents, the government is working on measures to bring down the expenditure on knee surgeries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.  In his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort here, he said t...

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Divi's Lab gets green nod for Rs 100cr modernisation project

NEW DELHI: Divi's Laboratories has received environment clearance for modernisation of its bulk drug unit in Visakhapatnam which will entail a cost of Rs 100 crore.  The company wants to modernise one of the two units by shifting non-production activities to proposed new area and mee...

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Intas eyes Teva’s oncology, women’s health divisions in Europe

MUMBAI: Within a year of buying out Teva's UK and Ireland assets and breaking into the top 20 generics players club, Intas Pharmaceuticals is on the prowl again for a larger piece of Teva’s existing operations in Europe.  The closely held Ahmedabad-based drug maker, which has T...

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DCGI mulls alternatives to China active pharmaceutical ingredients

MUMBAI: The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has got local drugmakers to draw up an emergency plan on dealing with any blockade on shipments from China of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), or raw materials used to make medicines, in the event of border tensions escalating. Indian c...

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Aurobindo Pharma ups the ante in oncology space

Aurobindo Pharma, one of the country’s leading drug makers, plans to develop “more than 58 drugs” in the oncology space, besides eight hormone products, and could start regulatory filings for them later this year. Manufacturing of these drugs would commence from 2018-19, the com...

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Wockhardt's antibiotic injection gets USFDA nod

NEW DELHI: Drug firm Wockhardt has received approval from the US health regulator for its generic Oxacillin injection used for treatment of bacterial infections, the company said today.  The company has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for its...

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Trade margins on knee implants as much as 300 percent, says regulator

NEW DELHI: Average trade margins on knee systems for implants are as high as 300%, India’s drug pricing watchdog said. The average margin for importers of total knee systems was 76% while for distributors and hospitals, it was 135%, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority said on Frid...

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Centre mulls waiving off clinical trials on humans for critical drugs

NEW DELHI: In a move to make innovative medicines available for critical diseases like HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis, the health ministry plans to waive off clinical trials in humans for select drugs which are essential for Indian patients and were approved in developed markets like the US, Eur...

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GST: Dialysis, pacemaker, cancer devices to cost more, says health ministry

People may have to shell out more for availing of some of the healthcare services such as dialysis, pacemaker implantation, support devices in orthopaedics and cancer treatment due to levying of the GST, the Union Health Ministry has said. The GST cell of the Ministry has said this on its web...

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Apollo Hospital's family constitution to be finalised soon: Prathap C Reddy

The family constitution of Apollo Hospitals Group, which would elaborate on the roles of the promoter family members for the future, will be ready in a few weeks, Prathap C Reddy, executive chairman, Apollo Hospitals & Enterprises Ltd said. "We have to get all the opinions and commen...

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NPPA moves to prevent distributors from taking higher cuts on stents

NEW DELHI: India’s drug pricing watchdog has moved to plug a loophole that may have helped some distributors grab higher profits on cardiac stents than the government has allowed.  A cardiac stent is a wire mesh tube used to clear blockages in coronary arteries and prevent heart at...

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No more freebies: Modi government plans crackdown on marketing by drugmakers

MUMBAI: India, one of the world's largest markets for pharmaceuticals, is drawing up its first set of marketing rules for drugmakers, restricting gifts and trips offered to doctors and pharmacists to 1,000 rupees ($15), according to a draft proposal seen by Reuters.  While such rules...

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Medical devices to carry MRP on packs from Jan 1: Govt

Medical Device will have to mandatorily carry maximum retail price (MRP) on packages from January 1, 2018, the government informed Parliament on Tuesday.  Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya said in a written reply...

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GST hiccups stay for distributors, chemists

One month after the roll out of the goods and services tax (GST), the stocking of medicines has not stabilised. Chemists in Delhi said they were not comfortable packing their shelves because incentives provided to them in the pre-GST regime were no longer on offer. “Most companies a...

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‘Quitting tobacco can decrease cancer chances eight times’

NAGPUR: Increase in tobacco consumption has led to rise in cancer cases among the youth in recent years. “It is most common in people between 25 and 40 years of age,” said Dr Satsheel Sapre, HoD of Head and Neck Cancer Department at Rashtrasant Tukdoji Regional Cancer Hospital (RST). ...

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A dose of medicine to fix the health sector

What is the single biggest factor that is lacking in India’s healthcare sector today ? You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to come up with the answer : trust. The relationship between the doctor and his patient has never been this tenuous. This may be true of the larger cities...

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Bar expenditure by firms for referral fees to docs: CAG

NEW DELHI: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes to disallow expenditure by companies in respect of all kinds of freebies and referral fees paid to medical practitioners.  It also asked the CBDT to disallow advertisement and business promot...

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Panacea Biotec enters collaboration with Bionpharma for generics worth $800 million

NEW DELHI: Indian biotech firm Panacea Biotec has entered into a joint collaboration with US generic drug maker Bionpharma Inc to develop, manufacture and sell seven complex generic drugs, the company said. Panacea declined to specify the drugs that would be developed under this collaboration, bu...

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Dr Reddy's and CHD Bioscience sign up for licensing of a wound care drug

MUMBAI: Hyderabad based Dr Reddy's and biopharma company CHD Bioscience today announced a global licensing agreement for the clinical development and commercialisation of Dr Reddy's phase III clinical trial candidate, DFA-02.  Under the terms of the agreement, Dr Reddy's woul...

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Mylan Pharma launches chronic hepatitis C drug in India

Mylan Pharmaceuticals Private Limited, a subsidiary of Mylan N V, announced on Thursday, the launch of Velpatasvir 100 mg/Sofosbuvir 400 mg tablets under the brand name MyHep All in India. MyHep All is a fixed-dose combination tablet indicated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus in...

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Russia’s Chelyabinsk woos Indian pharma

Russia’s Chelyabinsk region is seeking proposals from Indian pharmaceutical companies looking to set up manufacturing units there with a local partner. While some manufacturers are eyeing the prospect of a local production facility as it would translate into easier and greater access to...

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You need not always complete full course of antibiotics: Doctors

NEW DELHI: Is it important to complete a full course of an antibiotic? Yes, according to conventional wisdom, which says stopping a course mid-way could lead to drug resistance. But several scientists have now challenged this claim. In many situations, stopping antibiotics sooner is a safe wa...

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Cipla's newly launched drug to cure severe malaria in young children

Drug major Cipla in partnership with Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) on Tuesday launched a drug used for the treatment of severe malaria in young children. The company introduced 100 mg Artesunate Rectocaps/Rectal Artesunate Suppositories (RAS), a life-saving, pre-referral intervention fo...

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Lupin gets USFDA nod to market skin lotion

Drug firm Lupin on Monday said it has received final approval from the US health regulator to market its Fluocinonide topical solution used for the treatment of various skin conditions. The company has received final approval to market generic Fluocinonide Topical Solution USP, 0.05 per cent ...

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Swine flu threat grows; 600 deaths, 12,500 cases this year

NEW DELHI: Swine flu, the viral illness that became a pandemic in 2009, has made a comeback this year, claiming nearly 600 lives across the country so far this year with close to 12,500 cases being reported. Maharashtra is the worst affected with 284 deaths followed by Gujarat (75), Kerala (6...

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Over 2 million enrolled in India's quit tobacco programme in a year: WHO

NEW DELHI: The WHO has said more than 20 lakh people enrolled themselves in the first year of a quit-tobacco initiative of the Indian government and also advocated harnessing mobile technology for personalised advice.  Considering the high interest in quitting among tobacco users, the go...

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Spanish scientists discover molecule for potential drug to cure Zika virus

Researchers from a southeastern Spanish university announced the discovery of a molecule that could be used as a potential drug to fight the effects of a Zika virus infection. In a statement on Saturday, the San Antonio Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM) said that scientists belonging to it...

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Less than one doctor for 1000 population in India: Government to Lok Sabha

NEW DELHI: India has less than one doctor for every 1000 population which is less than the World Health Organisation standard, the Lok Sabha was informed today.  Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said as per information provided by the Medical Council of India, there were a tot...

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India, China, Pakistan among 10 nations accounting for 95 percent of HIV infections: UN report

UNITED NATIONS: India, China and Pakistan are among the 10 countries that accounted for more than 95 per cent of all new HIV infections in the Asia and the Pacific region in 2016, according to a UN report.  The report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, 'Ending AIDS: Progr...

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Merck sees market for novel therapies, to focus on its oncology pipeline

MUMBAI: Merck is betting on India's growing pharmaceutical space and steady state spending on healthcare to expand its business, even as the German life sciences and technology company's seven-year-old joint venture with Dr Reddy's Laboratories to develop biosimilar drugs comes to an ...

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Glenmark, Cyndea Pharma to develop complex drugs for US, Canada markets

Glenmark has tied up with Spanish firm Cyndea Pharma to develop complex drugs for US and Canada markets. Following the tie up Glenmark will develop soft-gelatin capsule products under the technology license from the Spanish drug maker. The partnership allows Glenmark to expand its dosage form...

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GSK puts old antibiotics and UK Horlicks biz on the block

GlaxoSmithKline said it was considering the sale of its cephalosporins antibiotics business and intended to divest its small Horlicks business in Britain, while retaining the much bigger malted drink operation in India.  The antibiotics business under strategic review covers the brands Z...

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Cadila new MD Shravil Patel aims to double revenues in 5 years

MUMBAI: At 38, Shravil Patel, the newly appointed managing director at Cadila Healthcare, might be the youngest among top pharma executives. But with the backing of his father, the aggressive pharma veteran Pankaj Patel, Shravil says he would aim to double the company's revenue -more than Rs ...

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Apollo Hospitals to add over 2,000 beds in next three year expansion plan

After crossing a target of 10,000 beds capacity, Apollo Hospitals is gearing for the next stage of an expansion plan that would see an addition of around 2,000 beds. The hospital chain is in the final stage of its current three-year expansion plan, which targeted to add 2,500 beds. "I th...

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Despite pricing pressure, pharma exports to US may rise in FY18: Report

Despite pricing pressure and stiff competition, the Indian Pharma exports to the USA may go up in 2017-18 as $50 billion worth of drugs are expected to become off-patented during the current year giving hope to boost the export market, said a report by Care Ratings. "The Indian pharmaceu...

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Dr Reddy, Lupin, others mull expanding Africa operations

Domestic pharmaceutical companies are expanding their Africa operations with product launches in new markets. In FY17, Indian drugmakers exported medicines worth $3 billion to Africa and the continent is the second-largest export market for Indian companies after the United States. Accord...

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Creador acquires 22 per cent stake in Paras Healthcare for Rs 275 crore

NEW DELHI: Malaysian private equity firm Creador has acquired a minority stake in Paras Healthcare through affiliate Commelina for Rs 275 crore, officials from both companies confirmed.  According to persons close to the development, Creador has picked up approximately 22% stake in Paras...

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Alembic Pharma opens Rs 300cr anticancer drug unit in Gujarat

Drug firm Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd (APL) on Friday entered into oncology segment by inaugurating a Rs 300 crore anti-cancer drug facility at Halol in Gujarat. Speaking on the occasion, Chirayu Amin chairman of Alembic group of companies said the Rs 300 crore unit will manufacture 60 millio...

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Nutraceuticals market may grow to $10 billion by 2022

MUMBAI: Indian nutraceuticals market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 21 per cent and reach $ 10 billion by 2022 from $ 4 billion now, according to a report.  The growth in nutraceuticals - food and drinks which have potential health benefits - is seen largely dr...

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Big boost for Biocon as USFDA Onco committee approves company's first breast cancer biosimilar drug

MUMBAI: The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Biocon and US drug maker Mylan's proposed biosimilar breast cancer drug Trastuzumab, a move that opens doors for Bangalore based Biocon in the big league of US cancer drug market.  The USFDA's Oncology Drugs Advisory ...

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Why you pay 2 to 5 times the wholesale price on medical devices

NEW DELHI: Even if the central government and the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority were to control prices of all the medical devices recommended by the state drug authorities of Maharashtra and Odisha, it would barely cover 15% of India's medical device market estimated to be worth a...

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US regulatory nod for Zydus drug to treat dementia

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug by Zydus Cadila used to treat dementia of the Alzheimer's type, the Indian pharmaceutical company said on Wednesday. "We have received the final approval from the USFDA to market Memantine Hydrochloride tablets USP, 5 mg and 10 ...

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Credihealth launches medical loan facilities

CHENNAI: Credihealth, a medical assistance company, has launched a medical loan facility on its platform, partnering with banks, NBFCs and fintech players like Rubique. Users can now apply for medical loans via Credihealth and make paperless in-principal transactions to avail loans ranging fr...

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Lung transplant: PGIMER creates history, performs India's first surgery

The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research here said that it has performed its first lung transplant surgery successfully today on a 35- year-old woman from Punjab. The complex operation took over 12 hours and was successfully completed by a team of 20 doctors and support st...

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Dr Reddys, Lupin, others mull expanding Africa operations

Domestic pharmaceutical companies are expanding their Africa operations with a series of product launches, besides planning to foray in new markets. In FY 2017, drug makers exported medicines worth $ 3 billion to Africa and the continent is the second largest export market for Indian companie...

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Alembic Pharma gains 6 percent on USFDA nod for new drug

Alembic pharmaceuticals  rose 6% to Rs 545 on BSE in intra-day trade after the company said that it has received US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) tentative approval for its abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for Dabigatran Etexilate Capsules, 150 mg. “The tenta...

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Lupin plans to consolidate generic products

Drug major Lupin is devising plans to consolidate its generic portfolio across key geographies, including the US, with a focus on expansion of complex and specialty products. The Mumbai-based company may look at acquisitions, besides enhanced investment in research and development (R&D), ...

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GSK to invest Rs 1,000 cr in Karnataka for new plant

Global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd is investing Rs 1,000 crore in a new state-of-the-art pharmaceutical unit in Karnataka and is looking at enhancing its global pipeline in areas like respiratory drugs and vaccines in India. "We are investing Rs 1,000 crore in ...

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Sun Pharma enters settlement in antitrust litigation in US

NEW DELHI: Indian pharmaceutical giant Sun Pharmaceutical Industries LtdBSE 0.88 % and one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries have entered into settlements with “certain plaintiffs” in an antitrust litigation matter currently pending in the United States, the company said.  Sun...

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Glenmark gets US FDA nod for high blood pressure medicine

NEW DELHI: The US arm of Indian pharmaceutical major Glenmark PharmaceuticalsBSE 1.61 % has been granted final approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for its generic version of Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo’s Azor tablets. Azor—amlodipine and olmesart...

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Stronger rupee dampens pharma firms profit

Domestic pharmaceutical companies, says Edelweiss Securities Research, will see profit erosion in the June quarter, due to pricing pressure and strengthening of the rupee against the dollar over the past year. The latter development means Indian companies earn less in rupee terms for their fo...

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FSSAI panel to address concerns on health supplements nutraceuticals

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Thursday said it is in the process of addressing concerns raised by the industry on new standards for eight categories of products, including health supplements and nutraceuticals, which were notified in 2016. "These standards w...

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GST impact Pharma sector supply chain coping well after rollout

Drug manufacturer Biocon on Thursday said most of the supply chain in pharmaceuticals sector seems to be coping after the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system from July 1. "Most of the supply chain seems to be coping... the kind of apprehension expressed by stockists...

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Government notifies 15 medical devices as drugs for price regulation

NEW DELHI: Bringing critical medical devices like stents, orthopaedic implants and diagnostic equipment under stringent regulation, the health ministry has notified Medical Devices Rules, 2017, which will come into effect from January, 2018. The government has also notified 15 devices as drugs to...

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Novartis receives EU approval for Cosentyx label update

ZURICH: NovartisBSE -0.41 % said that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has approved a label update for Cosentyx (secukinumab), the first interleukin-17A (IL-17A) approved to treat psoriasis  The label update includes 52-week data from the CLEAR study demonstratin...

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Jubilant Life Sciences gets USFDA nod for antidepressive drug

NEW DELHI: Drug firm Jubilant Life SciencesBSE 0.47 % today said its subsidiary has received final approval from the US health regulator for Bupropion Hydrochloride extended- release tablets, used for the treatment of major depressive disorder and prevention of seasonal affective disorder.  ...

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Lupin launches generic conjunctivitis treatment medicine in US

NEW DELHI: Domestic pharma major Lupin LtdBSE 3.82 % today said it has launched in the US market its generic version of Moxifloxacin Hydrochloride Ophthalmic solution used for treating bacterial conjunctivitis.  The launch follows receipt of approval from the US Food and Drug Administrat...

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Desi pharma companies need not fear Amazon in US

MUMBAI: Indian generic companies that retail in the US can breathe easy . Amazon's reported entry in the US pharmacy business does not pose a challenge to these companies that export substantial amounts to that country , even as the e-tailing giant has managed to disrupt the market in most co...

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Zydus starts phase II trials of molecule targeting anaemia

NEW DELHI: Drug firm Zydus Cadila today announced the initiation of a phase II trial of oral small molecule Zyan1 that has been designed for the treatment of anaemia associated with chronic kidney disease.  Zyan1 has been designed to increase the natural production of hemoglobin and RBCs...

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Sun Pharma inks USD 55.5mn deal with Samsung BioLogics for antipsoriasis drug

Sun Pharma and Samsung BioLogics on Tuesday announced a strategic long-term manufacturing agreement for Tildrakizumab used for treatment of psoriasis. "The agreement was entered into by Sun Pharma's wholly- owned subsidiary and Samsung BioLogics...Sun Pharma...

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Swine Flu: Govt relaxes norms for availability of H1N1 drugs

Antiviral drugs for treating Swine Flu will soon be available at a chemist shop near you, with the government relaxing norms on their availability. A recent directive by the Ministry of Health said 'Oseltamivir Phosphate' and 'Zanamivir' drugs have now been included in the Sch...

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India launches flagship program to boost biopharma production

NEW DELHI: India's biopharmaceuticals industry has received a booster dose from the government, with the Ministry of Science and Technology having finally launched its $250-million program to promote the production of biological drugs here. The program, first approved by the union cabinet in ...

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GST launch at midnight: No change in cost of 78 percent of actively used drugs

Drug pricing regulator NPPA today said prices of around 78 per cent of 'actively used' drugs will remain unaffected after the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from midnight tonight. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has already announced provisional ceili...

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Apollo Hospitals launches air ambulance service network

Apollo Hospitals has launched a round-the-clock dedicated Air Ambulance Service Network to bring in patients in emergency from various parts of the country, especially from the smaller cities and towns to the major cities. The company has entered into partnership with Bengaluru-based Air Avia...

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Worldwide drug sales to hit $ 1.06 trillion in 2022: Study

Increased scrutiny around the pricing of medicines is starting to have an impact on drug sales growth, according to Evaluate’s latest World Preview report. Despite consensus forecasts for worldwide drug sales hitting $ 1.06 trillion in 2022, this is down from the $ 1.12 trillion analysts fo...

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US FDA approves Natco Pharma's anti cancer drug azacitidine

Natco Pharma Limited has received final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for azacitidine injection used in the treatment of cancer. “Natco Pharma Limited is pleased to announce final approval of abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) from the US FDA for azacitidine f...

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Sun Pharma to develop chikungunya, zika drugs

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries has tied up with Pune-based National Institute of Virology to develop new drugs to treat chickungunya, dengue and zika. The partnership is a part of company's plans to develop drugs which cater to unmet needs of patients. Currently there are no specific drugs...

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Drugs for cancer, diabetes, rare diseases to get affordable after GST roll out on July 1

The goods and services tax (GST) is unlikely to be a very bitter pill for the pharmaceutical industry, which feared a substantial rise in drug prices under the new indirect tax regime. While around 80 per cent drugs were put in the 12 per cent GST bracket (up from the current 9 per cent slab), im...

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Biological E to make two of Takeda's vaccines for India and China markets

Japanese global pharmaceutical company Takeda and Hyderabad-based vaccine maker Biological E. Limited(BE) announced on Monday that they have entered into a collaboration under which two licensing agreements to expedite the development and delivery of affordable combination vaccines have been exec...

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D B Gupta, who borrowed Rs 5,000 from wife to set up Lupin, is dead

Lupin founder-chairman Desh Bandhu Gupta, who transformed the company from a tuberculosis drugs specialist in the 1980s to a global leader in generic drugs, passed away in Mumbai on Monday. He was 79 and is survived by a wife and five children. Gupta founded Lupin in 1968, borrowing Rs 5,000 ...

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The hospital mate

Your speed of recovery in a hospital is related to many things. Among them is one you might not consider: the condition of your roommate. A recent study published in the American Journal of Health Economics found that hospital patients who are assigned healthier roommates require less care an...

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NABCB selects TUV SUD to certify packaging materials for medicinal products

TUV SUD, the German safety and quality expert, has received accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Certifying Bodies (NABCB) to grant ISO 15378:2011 certification to manufacturers of primary packaging materials for pharmaceuticals and medi...

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US FDA approves Glenmark Pharma's drug for overactive bladder

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Thursday said the US health regulator has granted tentative approval for tablets used for treatment of overactive bladder. The company has been granted tentative approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for Solifenacin Succinate tablets,...

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US FDA approves Alembic Pharma's drug to treat infection, parkinsonism

Drug firm Alembic Pharmaceuticals has received US health regulator's nod for Amantadine Hydrochloride capsules used to treat symptoms of infection caused by influenza virus. "The company has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for its A...

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Sun Pharma's extra discount to tide over GST wave

Sun Pharmaceuticals’ promoter Aditya Medisales has written to all stockists of the company’s products telling them that they will get extra discount, especially in the consumer health segment. This is an attempt to ensure that its products are available even with t...

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Department of Pharmaceuticals sets up facilitation cell to help firms shift to GST

NEW DELHI: The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) has constituted a GST facilitation centre to enable pharma companies to successfully implement the new tax regime.  "In order to help and support the pharmaceutical industry in ensuring smooth and successful rollout of GST, a facili...

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Global pharma sales face $60 bn hit due to pricing scrutiny market study

Market intelligence firm Evaluate has cut the 2022 global pharmaceutical sales forecast by $60 billion amid rising scrutiny of drug pricing and price erosion in various markets.   A report by the firm states that patent expiries of drugs valuing $194 billion will...

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Will GST mitigate the cascading effects of multiple taxes on healthcare

In India, the healthcare sector has grown magnanimously since the last century. Today, the contribution of healthcare to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is pegged at 5 per cent. From $ 80 billion in 2012, the healthcare sector is expected to reach $ ...

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Hospitals can bear up to 2 percentage hike in costs due to GST Apollo Hospitals

Even though the health care sector is exempt from the goods and services tax (GST), hospitalisation costs are estimated to go up by four to five per cent under the new indirect tax regime, said Prathap C Reddy, founder-chairman, Apollo Hospitals. Indicating that hospitalisation costs are likely t...

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Zydus Cadila gets USFDA nod to market migraine drug

NEW DELHI: Drug firm Cadila HealthcareBSE 1.09 % today said Zydus Cadila has received an approval from the US health regulator to market Eletriptan Hydrobromide tablets used in treatment of migraine.  "Zydus Cadila has received the final approval from the United States Food and Drug...

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PerkinElmer acquires autoimmune testing firm Euroimmun for $1.3 billion

Analytical & lab equipment supplier PerkinElmer Inc has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Euroimmun Medical Laboratory Diagnostics AG for $ 1.3 billion.  Based in Lubeck, Germany, with approximately 2,400 employees, Euroimmun&...

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Andhra Pradesh ties up with TUV Rheinland to test medical devices

HYDERABAD: German technical services provider TUV Rheinland’s Indian subsidiary has partnered with Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) to create an infrastructure for Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI/EMC) at an investment of Rs 85 crore over four to five years.  The public-private...

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Delay in 'Made in India' chikungunya vaccine, researchers seek govt action

For the first time, an indigenously-developed vaccine against chikungunya has been developed and the first human trials are underway albeit on a slow pace. If all goes on well, a vaccine against chikungunya could be a reality in a few years. The novel vaccine candidate agai...

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Aurobindo Pharma gets USFDA nod for oral suspension

NEW DELHI: Drug firm Aurobindo Pharma has received USFDA nod to make oral suspension used for controlling serum phosphorus in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.  The company has received final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to manufacture Sevelam...

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Central nod for setting up of 100 AYUSH hospitals: Shripad Yesso Naik

THANJAVUR: The Centre has approved proposals for setting up of 100 Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH) hospitals across the country, Minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik has said.  The minister said during the last three years the Union government had approved posti...

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Working to get generic drugs exempt from GST: Ananth Kumar

Even as pharmaceutical companies prepare themselves to come under the GST ambit from July 1, Pharmaceuticals Minister Ananth Kumar on Tuesday said the Department of Pharmaceuticals was trying to get generic medicines exempt from GST. These are the drugs sold at Janaushadhi stores, which provide a...

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India's herbal revolution in numbers

A few years ago, India's naturals/herbal market occupied a fairly small proportion of India's personal care category due to the absence of significant growth triggers.  But with the emergence of players such as Patanjali, a company co-founded by Baba Ramdev which h...

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Italian firm Olon buys Ricerca Biosciences' chemical division

Olon SpA, the Italy-based active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) and generics supplier, has acquired Ricerca Biosciences’ chemical division of the contract research (CRO) and CDMO based in Concord, Ohio (USA). T...

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10 percentage hike too little, we want more to offset GST impact, say pharma players

The pharmaceutical industry has sought permission to increase prices of non-scheduled drugs by more than the stipulated 10 per cent in a year, as the tax rate on most drugs was raised to 12 per cent under the proposed GST regime from the current nine per cent. In a meeting...

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US FDA grants approval for ezetimibe tablet to Sun Pharma & Zydus Cadila

The US Food & Drug Administration has granted marketing approval for ezetimibe tablet (10 mg) to two Indian companies - Sun Pharma and Zydus Cadila. Ezetimibe, a generic version of Merck’s Zetia tablet, is used to reduce high cholesterol levels. ...

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Apollo aims to hike occupancy

Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd (AHEL) is focusing on increasing its occupancy to improve growth following a decline in the year 2016-17. The hospital has an occupancy of 47 per cent. It plans to increase occupancy to 65 per cent by the end of the current fiscal year, according to senior man...

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Aurobindo Pharma looks to sell cancer drugs in the US by year end

Hyderabad-based Aurobindo Pharma Limited is hoping to receive three-four product approvals in the oncology space from the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) before March 2018. The company's optimistic prediction about a possible good start in this high-margin pro...

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Obesity may lead to a decreasing lung function, warn doctors

For 63-year-old Kumar Shahani, a weight loss surgery has helped alleviating the risk of pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal condition that he had developed wherein a blood clot got lodged in an artery of his lung, blocking blood flow to part of the vital organ. Pulmonary embolism can dam...

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Fitness start ups see spike in growth as urban health awareness improves

With more and more urban Indians measuring the steps they walk each day in order to improve their general health levels, start-ups offering fitness apps are seeing a spike in the number of monthly fee-based subscriptions for theire services. Health and fitness apps&n...

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Zydus' Nesher Pharma gets US FDA nod for antifungal drug

Zydus Group firm Cadila Healthcare’s subsidiary Nesher Pharmaceuticals has received nod from the USFDA to market Nystatin topical powder used for treating skin infections in the US market. The drug will be produced at Nesher Pharmaceuticals manufacturing facility in USA, the company said in...

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Top five Indian pharma companies together spent over Rs 8000 crore on R&D spend in FY17

Indian drugmakers have a potent cure for the present ills dogging the industry: Research  Often pulled up for spending too little on research and development (R&D), India’s biggest pharmaceutical companies now appear to match their global peers in investing for the future. The ...

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Global medical device cleaning market to touch $ 1.7 bn by 2022

The global medical device cleaning market, valued at $ 1.31 billion in 2017, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.6 percent during 2017–2022 to reach $ 1.71 billion by 2022, according to a MarketsandMarkets report. The medical device cleaning market includes detergents and disinfectants used ...

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FDA nod for generic Lialda launch to boost US biz for Zydus Cadila in FY18

Ahmedabad-headquartered pharma major Zydus Cadila has got the final nod from the US drug regulator to market Mesalamine tablets in the US. The ulcerative colitis drug is estimated to have a market size of $1.145 billion. While most p...

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Drug shortages likely during tax transition

Shortages are likely as the pharmaceutical industry gears up for transitioning to the GST from July 1. The stockist-level inventory at the end of May was lower than that in April as most companies drew down stocks at the distributor level.  According to the All I...

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Nearly half of pharma industry may come under price control

Fixed-dose combinations (FDCs), drugs that include two or more therapeutic ingredients, comprise nearly 40 per cent of Indian drug market, say industry bodies that fear the move of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) putting them under price control. The drug pricing authority last m...

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Dilip Shanghvi repositions Sun Pharma in US as a specialty drugmaker

Investors in Sun Pharmaceutical have lost about Rs 25,000 crore in the last two weeks since its US subsidiary Taro Pharmaceutical announced 32% annual decline in net profit to $83 million for quarter ending March 2017. Net sales for the subsidiary declined 26% to $196 million for the period. Parent ...

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